27.02.2017 - 27.02.2017
Our first expedition in Rotoroua was a trip to Mitzi Maori Village
Our guide a native Maori who spent ten years in Australia and is now back learning all about his culture and heritage.
He gave a very interesting talk and tour of a typical Maori village from early times up to the Europeans arriving in the 1800's.
He gave us the opportunity to try out some of the old instruments used by the villagers to warn of invaders and the timber tools used to fight these invaders. The meaning and uses of the native trees also the living quarters of the villagers.
Our next stop was to the Whakarewarewa village where the geysers and hot springs are gurgling and spewing away, the sulphur smell is not at all overpowering, we had a guided tour and a Maori dance/music show at the end which was excellent.
Stopped for a beer and lunch at CBK on Eat Street, I was enthralled by the hot stone venison ordered by Conor. This has to be the new way to barbecue.
The stone is heated to 400 degrees and the customer cooks the food to his own taste.
Then it was back home to our fantastic accommodation on Lake Rotoura. Paradise owned by Mike and Glenda, this house is fantastically situated on the lake Rotoura. We went swimming and paddling in our kayak supplied by Mike and Glenda.
The lake is just a metres deep as far out as 400 metres from the shore and is warm and safe, lots of birds, ducks, black swans swimming about.
Played scrabble, pictionary and had yet another barbecue this time cooked inside as it got quite late. A wonderful day in the North Island